Characteristics of those who are banned from heaven for eternity

I am a wicked sinner. Fortunately I am saved from my sins by the grace of God displayed through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. This way of salvation is open to anyone, no matter how bad they are.

But if a person refuses to repent, but keeps living for themselves, then their sins are not covered by the blood of Christ and they must be separated from God for eternity. The Apostle John describes some of the characteristics/sins of those who are banned from heaven:

“Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. 15 Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

Some people who reject Jesus practice magic arts. This is horrible, because they are attempting to have a relationship with a supernatural spirit besides the one true God. Humans were created to serve and love the one true God who created the universe. When they pursue a relationship with spirits and demons, both imaginary and real, they are rejecting the one true God who loves them.

most people who reject Jesus are sexually immoral. This can be true even if they are physical virgins. This phrase includes those who commit immorality in their hearts (Matthew 5:28). The point is that we should not even want to commit sexual immorality. Sexual immorality is a horrible sin because it violates the great love that is supposed to accompany sexuality. Sexual love is supposed to be pure and perfect. It is supposed to be a lifelong commitment. Any sexual lust that is temporary, or directed towards someone who is not rightfully yours to love (married to you) is wrong. God particularly hates this sin because love is very important to God.

All people who reject Jesus are murderers. If you hate your brother then you have murdered him in your heart (Matthew 5:21-22 NIV). Anyone can be forgiven of this sin, as horrible as it is, if the believe in Jesus for salvation. Jesus allowed Himself to be murdered by others because of His great love for us.

All people who reject Jesus are idolaters. This means that there is something in their life that they worship more than they worship the one true God.

Jesus will also punish everyone who loves and practices falsehood. God is truth. He hates a lie. Falsehood is used primarily to cover sin. A lot of people think that it is OK to lie “for a good cause,” but this attitude is usually the result of pride. People usually do it so they can manipulate others. If God were to lie to us we would be completely helpless. But fortunately we know that He only tells the truth.

 

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